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Gov. Steve Bullock made a late entrance into Montana’s U.S. Senate race Monday. It’s a boost to Democrats’ efforts to gain ground and potentially win control of the Senate in the 2020 election.

Bullock launched his campaign after repeatedly saying he wasn't interested in the job.

Gov. Steve Bullock's anticipated about-face on a U.S. Senate run has upended the outlook for that race. The latest picks for lieutenant governor bring both balance and contrast. And we honor the outstanding legacy left by the late journalist John Kuglin.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, MTPR's weekly political analysis program, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

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Montana’s U.S. Senators have signed onto a resolution in support of Minor League Baseball.

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to delay a new rule that could pull significant funding from rural and low-income schools in Montana. The delay follows objections this week from Montana’s U.S. Senators and other high ranking members of Congress.

The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Steve Bullock is poised to run for the U.S. Senate in Montana.

Montana Public Radio has not independently confirmed the details. The Times reports that three Democratic officials say Bullock could reverse himself and run for the office in a challenge to incumbent Republican Steve Daines.

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Full funding for a federal purse that supports local conservation projects seems a step closer to reality. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators Mar. 4 announced presidential support for a bill to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog for the country’s National Parks.

Campaign Beat: Dem Debates And Running Mates

Feb 28, 2020

Who stood out, and who didn't in the Democratic senate and governor primary debates. Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer reveals his pick for governor. And Mike Cooney picks a familiar name to be his running mate.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

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Montana’s Democratic primary candidates for U.S. Senate faced off for the first time in Bozeman Feb. 21. Health care, energy and liveable incomes were discussed during the debate. 

A Billings legislator's apology rings hollow. A new TV ad in the governor's race looks familiar. The U.S. Senate race has two more candidates. Census officials aren't happy about a Republican mailer. And the mystery deepens over who's sponsoring a 3rd party ballot petition.

Listen now on Campaign Beat.

A political newcomer from Stevensville filed for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, triggering a two-way Republican primary with incumbent Steve Daines.

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